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July 14 2002215pmpage 22The prologue commences with the author John Gunther summarizing his sons prolonged battle with a brain tumor The memoir is written in the first person from Gunthers point of view It appears that Gunthers son Johnny is the main character The Forward talks not as much of Johnnys death as it dose of his life prior to his battle with cancer However Gunther goes on to foreshadow his sons death at the closing of the forward July 17 20021005pmpage 57The chapter begins at Christmas and despite a stiff neck Johnny returns from Deerfield in good health When Johnny returns to Deerfield he is sent to the infirmary after reporting his stiff neck There after being observed by several specialists it is apparent that Johnny has a brain tumor After receiving a call from Doctor Tracy Putnam Gunther and Johnnys mother Frances are shocked to learn of Johnnys serious condition While they are uncertain if the growth is cancerous it must be removed to prevent blindness Soon Johnny undergoes the operation initially intended to remove the entire tumor However once inside Putnam discovers that the tumor was worse than originally thought and is only able to remove half of it After the operation Johnny tries to blackmail the nurses for information about his illness The chapter ends with this quotation from Johnny I have so much to do And theres so little time This quotation confirms of Johnnys awareness of the severity of his condition It appears to me that Johnny reacts with childish and adult like characteristics In one instance he threatens a nurse with information the doctors are keeping from him However his continuous bravery far succeeds that of his childish manner July 18 20021100ampage 82 Johnny is discharged from the neurological center on June 1 however continues to return for X-ray therapy until June 20 When he returns to his home in Connecticut he immediately
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